It’s hard to think go a more cinematic novel primed for a visual feast of a movie than Ready Player One. Ernest Cline‘s ode to gaming, nostalgia and possibly every pop culture reference from the 1980s has long been anticipated, and with none other than Steven Spielberg directing this is easily one of the biggest movies coming down the pipe in the next year. More than than, a legion of fans of Cline’s novel are eager to make sure that no one screws up the transfer, not even a master like Spielberg. So you tell us, has Spielberg screwed it up?
Going through the trailer and mining for all the Easter eggs should keep you busy for the next couple of months, but on first glance you’ve got Freddy Krueger, the Iron Giant, and the Delorian from Back to the Future.
“I read the book, and said ‘They’re going to need a younger director,’” Spielberg told Hall H in what is paradoxically his first visit to Comic Con. “When I read Ernie’s book, it was the amazing flash forward and flash back to the ’80s that I used to work in. The creation of a virtual world took two and half years of preparation.”
Ready Player One tells the story of a Wad Watts, a lost youth from Columbus, OH, whose only escape is into the virtual reality of OASIS and the massive multi-player online game it’s the setting for. When the world’s creator, James Halliday, dies, his estate has been arranged to go to the winner of a massive scavenger hunt, and a race begins to be the one to collect all the Easter eggs and solve Halliday’s last riddle. Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, and Mark Rylance star.
Ready Player One will be in theatres everywhere on March 30, 2018.